House on the Outskirts of Paris (1902) by Henri Rousseau

House on the Outskirts of Paris - Henri Rousseau - 1902

Artwork Information

TitleHouse on the Outskirts of Paris
ArtistHenri Rousseau
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationCarnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, US

About House on the Outskirts of Paris

The artwork, “House on the Outskirts of Paris,” created in 1902 by Henri Rousseau, is an oil on canvas that embodies the Naïve Art or Primitivism movement. It is a cityscape genre painting currently housed at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

This piece of art is a picturesque representation of a suburban scene, capturing the tranquility of life on the periphery of a bustling urban environment. The composition features a central white house with a red roof, nestled against an expansive growth of trees and greenery. The lush foliage is rendered in various shades of green, creating an impression of a dense, vegetative border. In the foreground, a bridge or path leads to what appears to be a gate or entryway, guiding the viewer’s eye towards the lone figure walking along the pathway. The overarching palette is muted, with the natural elements portrayed in earthy tones that suggest a calm, early evening or dusk atmosphere. Henri Rousseau’s distinctive style is evident in the flatness of the forms and the dreamlike simplicity of the scene, which is typical of Naïve Art.

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